October 22, 2020
We are facing so many issues and stresses it makes the head and heart spin! Please know we are all in this together and as we gather at Mass either online or in person, we are one! Prayer is the answer.
It is such a blessing to have Bishop Sklba and Fr. Joe as honored members of our Family of Four Parishes. Their residing at Old St. Mary is cherished as I know they pray and support us in so many ways. As their “landlord,” I can assure you they don’t have that many wild parties! (smile)
I asked Bishop Sklba to write a Spiritual Communion prayer like the one we use every Sunday, and I present it here and in the Orders of Worship for your prayer:
“Lord Jesus Christ,
King of the Universe and Master of all creation, ever present in each moment of history and font of eternal mercy and grace for us, your people.
As we continue our fast from your Eucharistic nourishment and so often find ourselves distant from our parish families, continue to heal and help us.
Strengthen us and sustain us during this time of global illness.
Cure our sick.
Calm our fears.
Strengthen care-givers everywhere.
Forgive our selfish preoccupation with our own comfort.
Enable us to be living signs and instruments of your healing love.
Teach us what you would have us learn from these moments of fear.
We trust in your love.
In your good time, restore us to our parish celebrations and heal all hurts, now and forever.
We pray this through Jesus the Christ, Savior of the World. Amen.
All Souls Remembrance Service. The Church, from its beginning, has always honored with great respect the memory of the dead. We believe that the ties of friendship and affection which knit us as one throughout our lives do not unravel with death. It’s been our tradition to remember all who have died. Due to the pandemic this year, our parish leadership has decided to prerecord our All Souls Day Remembrance Service. This way we can still come together in prayer and stay safe. You can find the worship aid here. During the service, a special candle will be lit as we remember all of our beloved parishioners who have died within our Family of Four Parishes this year. We remember…View Names of all the Faithful Departed. The on-going pandemic is driving a wedge into how we say good-bye and mourn. A Bereavement Booklet has been prepared for you. This booklet has reflections, prayers, and rituals that might help you move forward in the grieving process. A Bereavement Support Group will be offered virtually beginning November 9th, see the booklet for more information. We also will have an online Book of Remembrance this year. All of the above resources can be found on our website at ssppmilw.org/all-souls-remembrance. Please contact Terri Balash at firstname.lastname@example.org or 414-469-6173 if you have any questions.
Video Mass for Sunday, October 25th. Here is the recorded Mass for this upcoming Sunday (30th Sunday in Ordinary Time). We provide a worship aid to help you better enter into the prayer of the Mass. Please know that we will continue these recorded Masses indefinitely. We are so grateful to DV Productions, our Liturgists Mary Robertson and Brian Eggers, and our music ministers for their efforts in making our prayer as beautiful as possible.
In Person Mass. Our Mass schedule can be found on the Reopening and Mass Times pages of the parish website. Please be sure to register online to attend an in person Mass. Registration can be found on the Reopening page of the parish website. The link is included every week in the dark blue box at the bottom of this newsletter.
Who Do You Know? Catholic East Elementary is looking for Educational Assistants. If you know of anyone who is friendly, has a warm personality, loves children and would enjoy a school environment, please urge them to send their resume to Principal Tony Gonzalez at email@example.com.
Riverwest Food Pantry Thanksgiving Meals. Now more than ever, neighbors in our community will need help to provide a Thanksgiving meal for their families. This year, to keep our entire community safe, the Riverwest Food Pantry is collecting financial donations for food gift cards instead of collecting non-perishable food items. Buy a Thanksgiving Meal for a family in our community by going to www.riverwestfoodpantry.org/thanksgiving-giveaway.
Faithful Citizenship. This week's Faithful Citizenship materials focus on the themes of religious liberty, immigration, and the principal of solidarity. Have you submitted your absentee ballot yet?? Do you have a voting plan in place for Election Day?? Our "Wisconsin Bishops urge Catholics to use this time to engage in prayer, formation, conversation, and action. Now is the time to safely reach out with love, compassion, and understanding, even to those with whom we may disagree. Please also consider aiding those who cannot vote due to fear or circumstance. Help them to learn about candidates and how to safely cast their vote. For complete information on voting options and assistance, including absentee voting information, please visit https://myvote.wi.gov/."
St. Vincent de Paul. The Six Saints St. Vincent de Paul Conference members are continuing to make home visits to individuals and families within our service area of our church neighborhoods. We are following safe distance practices by making “phone visits” or visiting on porches rather than indoor home visits. We provide for the basic needs of those experiencing economic distress, including beds, furniture, some appliances, and household items. We also provide resource contacts for information about other possibilities for assistance. One of our most important gifts to leave behind is a feeling that someone cares and that there is hope. During this COVID time our requests have greatly increased with our conference seeing three to five families a week. Many of our requests are for beds. If you'd like to make a financial donation to help St. Vincent de Paul with these expenses, please write a check made out to St. Vincent de Paul with "Six Saints" in the memo line and mail it to the Three Holy Women Parish Office at 1716 N Humboldt Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202. To learn more, please contact the Six Saints (THW, OLDP, SSPP) Conference President Laurie Jacobs at 815-861-4645. Contributions to the Cathedral/Old St. Mary Conference of St. Vincent de Paul can be mailed to 831 N Van Buren St, Milwaukee, WI 53202.
Parish Financial Support. We continue to be humbled by your financial support of the parish during these tender and tenuous times. Thank you so much, it has been amazing to witness the generosity of so many! Please mail in your envelopes and contributions to our parish office (SS Peter & Paul Parish, 2491 N Murray Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53211), and our parish staff will process these.
Please do not hesitate to contact me (Cell: 414-762-7986; firstname.lastname@example.org) or Fr. John (Cell: 414-305-3824; email@example.com) if you need anything! Be assured of our love and prayers.
Sincerely, with love,